420 UFE OF B^mnsat, St, Martin^ Bournouf, and Julius Klaproth, Ms fellow-countryman, resident in Paria Humboldt remained in scientific correspondence with, nearly all, these men, and also took the opportunity of returning" their kindness by a learned essay on Philology? which he read in the "institute which had elected him its member, In London Humboldt saw his son-in-law in the office he had once himself filled., and met many a statesman and learned man whom he had known before, or whose acquaintance he now made. The great Canning was already dead3 but he met his former colleague, the Austrian ambassador, Prince Paul Esterhazy, the Count Miinster, minister for the Hanoverian affairs. King George IV., who had showed him great favour as Prince Regent, now received Mm with great honour. He decorated him^ not only with the Grand Cross of the Guelphic Order, bnt had his portrait painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence for the royal castle at Windsor, where it now hangs .beside that of monarchs, statesmen, and generals, beside Metternich. Hardenberg5 Schwarzenberg^ Wellington, Blueher, &a Hiimboldt, with his wife and eldest daughter, left the British capital on the 19th July. They returned. to Paris, and hastened, after a short stay there, through >Strasbiirg to Gastein, where they used the baths again, from the 15th August to 15th September. It is probable that on this occasion Gentz met them here. The remainder of the autumn the Humboldts spent in TegeL After the baths of Gastein had had such a favour- able influence over the health of Madame von Hum- boldt3 the evil now broke out with increased violence after their return from their journey, The end of November she was lying dangerously ill in Berlin ; in January it was again said she was on her death- bed, but she lingered till March, when her illness suddenly took a more rapid torn, and she died on "the 26th March, 1829.